Waitress Steals Tips, Says her Needs are Greater

Business / At Work /

Q: My friend and I had to get jobs while in high school to help our parents support us. We are waitresses at a very busy coffee shop where nearby highways connect. Some call the place a truck stop. There are three waitresses only. The other waitress is married with two children and her husband has a job.

We both have witnessed the other ...Read more

Boss Won't Fire Employee, but Won't Use Her

Business / At Work /

Q: Our consulting firm has a small group of administrative assistants, so when one of the bosses need work, they give it to the person who's available. One of the assistants is incompetent: she screws up every assignment she is given. Because of this, none of the bosses will use her and so she rarely has anything to do. The problem is they won...Read more

New Job Changes too soon After Hire

Business / At Work /

Q: I went through a formal interviewing process and accepted the job offer soon after. At the interview I was given a complete job description and told to read it carefully so if I were to be chosen for the job, the work and procedures would become second nature. I was fine with that, and studied it when I was hired. As I became more ...Read more

New Boss Shapes up Bad Employee

Business / At Work /

Q: As manager, I hired a guy who had no skills other than he seemed to be honest and would be a hard worker in the warehouse. He turned out to be both, but I had to explain everything to him to get it done right. As he became more comfortable in the job and with talking to me, I began to notice him slacking off. He got me into conversations ...Read more

Law for Religious Orgs Makes Sense

Business / At Work /

Q: I applied for a job at a church and was shocked by the questions in the online application. It asked for one's resume, but there were also many questions I consider personal, such as religious affiliation, religious life and lifestyle, family life, marriages, divorces, location, and outside interests. After reading the application, I didn't...Read more

Love Yourself So You Can Help Others

Business / At Work /

Q: I am not content with the status quo and keep changing my mind on careers. I've read about becoming a life coach and that it is a good time for getting into the business. I haven't pursued it because the one person I know who became a life coach is the most controlling and narcissistic person I have ever known. After becoming a life coach, ...Read more

Stink at Interviews? Try This

Business / At Work /

Q: I have an upcoming interview that's critical. I haven't done very well in the past with most interviews, based on the fact that I haven't gotten the jobs, but I didn't especially care about them. This job is different. I really want it, so whatever I am doing wrong, I need to correct.

Here's what I do that I think is right. To prepare for ...Read more

Is a Startup in Your Future?

Business / At Work /

Q: My friend and I have talked about forming a company together so we can work at the things we love to do. We have similar degrees, interests and creative talents, yet we have both always been employees at small-to medium-sized companies. Neither of us have financial backgrounds and never wanted to study math or accounting or even business. ...Read more

Do Bad Manners Make a Company Bad

Business / At Work /

Q: I want to tell you how the workplace has changed for the worse, and I don't know why this has happened. I worked in mid to senior management for years in IT and got tired of it. I take action when I'm unhappy, so I went back to school to change careers. After graduating and getting a job in my new field of design, I discovered I had made a ...Read more

Company Wants Employee for Free

Business / At Work /

Q: I recently moved to Brooklyn and just started my first business-type of job search after graduating with a degree in advertising. Brooklyn is "the" place to live now, so I'd rather not look for a job New York City. It's actually only 25-minute commute to the city, but it will be easier if I don't have to go that far for work.

I got an ...Read more

Starting Over, Same Job, New Owner

Business / At Work /

Q: I started a new job as sales associate this last June and went through extensive training to learn about the product. The company's owners and managers were the most wonderful people I have ever worked for. They went out of their way to offer every type of training available to get me up to speed professionally. I got along with everyone --...Read more

State of the Country Affects Worker

Business / At Work /

Q: Everyone at work is affected by the controversial presidential campaign, so much so that it's been hard to keep one's mind on work. People say employees shouldn't discuss politics at work, but holding it in doesn't make us feel better. We feel like the country is up for grabs, but our jobs matter to us, no matter how small they are to others....Read more

The Team that Isn't

Business / At Work /

Q: I work on the "new development" team in the IT department for a major university. Our department has three teams and three levels of employees in the department -- the CIO to which the three managers report and three teams of 12 IT workers of various types, of which I am one.

Each team has a heavy workload and we have a lot of meetings, ...Read more

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